Fisherpeople are still doing well here in the northwoods. The weather continues to cooperate and it looks to be continuing that way for the near future. I find it hard to believe that it's the middle of August already. Where did this summer go? Weed growth is pretty normal right now and water temps are in the mid 70' almost everywhere. The water level in the Rainbow and Willow flowages are down 10 and 8 feet respectively. Put this website in your favorites for up to date info on the flowages water levels http://www.wvic.com/WaterReports/Water_Level_Report.cfm
As far as the fishing goes not much has changed lately which in this case is good. Walleye are active in 20-25 fow, Small mouth and large mouth bass are on fire in their usual haunts, perch are in the muds, gills are also in deeper water and the really good news is that the crappie are active in deep water or in the deep sand grass.
Leeches are done for the season. I know, a sad day for many. But there are alternatives. One really good one is the leech plastic by Gitzit. Very unique shape that allows the bait to float up and down like a real leech on jig being retrieved or even on a slip bobber. Those of you that have used their paddle tails and tubs in the past know how soft and full of scent they are and how well they work.
I know some guys think that fishing with a Garmin Livescope unit should be banned, and it's usually the ones that don't have them, but using one doesn't preclude someone from throwing fish back. And, conversely to what the naysayers think, the fish do not jump into the boat as soon as you put the transducer in the water! My wife and I went fishing for a couple of hours the other day (pretty rare in itself) and found some crappies using the Livescope. But the schools of crappies did not contain hungry fish. The fish we caught were chasing minnows in the grass in 20 fow. The Livescope didn't show them. We kept 10 of them, as we didn't have anything in the freeze at the time, and threw the rest back. Yes, the Livescope helped but we still had to figure out the MO of the feeding fish. My buddy Lyle, who just purchased a Livescope setup through us, echoed the only complaint I here from guys who have one. "It sure is frustrating to see all those fish down there ignoring us!"
The lakes are starting to empty out a little with school starting in some areas so now is the perfect time to hit the water and make some memories. Take the kids out, find a deep weed edge and enjoy the smiles.
We got a big WAREHOUSE WINTER PRE-SEASON SALE
going on now. If you're thinking about a new Auger, Shelter, Flip-Over, Hub, clothing and/or any type of electronics, now may be the best time to buy them. Most items are at cost or below. See the web site for details. The sale is limited to items in stock, in-store or on the website. No special orders. Blackfish gear is still 20% off right now.
Right now for live bait we have Jumbo Crawlers, Small crawlers, Panfish Worms, Wax worms, Crappie Minnows, Regular Fatheads, XL Fatheads, Dace, Blacktails, Redtails, Walleye Suckers, Medium and Large Musky Suckers. LEECHES ARE DONE FOR THE SEASON.
Our normal weekly hours are:
Monday thru Thursday from 5am to 7pm
Friday from 5am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday 5am to 6pm
Let's squelch a few rumors. The shop is for sale. Business is great but Linda and I are ready to retire. WE ARE NOT GOING OUT OF BUSINESS! If you have an interest in owning and operating the largest non-franchised bait shop in Wisconsin, call our Realtor, Eric Johnson, at 715-892-1234 or call Jeff at 715-892-2751.
Jeff Bolander, owner of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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